Plateau refunds 250m to people deferred from 2013, 2014 Hajj exercises
The Plateau State Government has refunded about N250 million to the state Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board as part of hajj fares for about 440 people who paid to perform the exercise in 2013 and 2014 but were deferred.
The payees were never refunded their money nor asked to top it up to perform subsequent hajj exercises until now.
Information exclusively gathered by Daily Trust indicated that about 380 of the affected payees had each completed about N850,000 to their already N660,000 refunded by the government and were scheduled to make this year’s hajj exercise. It was also gathered that about 50 people on the list were yet to complete their money following which the board had issued a time frame asking them to either complete the money or collect their refund after pilgrimage.
An official of the board told Daily Trust, “All those on the list had expressed willingness to complete the money but some are unable to. This has caused the delay but it is likely that some may wish to collect their money if they are unable to complete the payment.”
About 1,104 people from Plateau State are expected to be airlifted from Bauchi on the 22nd of August to perform this year’s pilgrimage.